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Ontario Celebrates Second Annual Christmas Tree Day

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Ontario Celebrates Second Annual Christmas Tree Day

Province Encouraging People to Support Local Tree Farms This Christmas

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is celebrating the first anniversary of its official Christmas Tree Day and the hardworking farmers that help people across the province deck the halls with local trees and greenery each year.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal today commemorated Christmas Tree Day, taking place on December 3 this year, and promoted the benefits of locally-grown trees at Chickadee Farms in Puslinch.

Ontario's Christmas tree industry employs thousands of workers in the farming, transportation and retail sectors, and generates $11.3 million in sales annually. 647 Christmas tree farms in the Greenbelt and across the province, sustainably produce more than one million Christmas trees each year, while planting the same number of seedlings for future harvests.

The province continues to support the Christmas tree industry, including through its Ontario Wood brand, helping to promote and expand this growing sector. The Ontario Wood tag marks locally-grown trees at tree farms and local retailers, helping people support Ontario Christmas tree growers when choosing a tree.

Supporting farmers and promoting locally-grown products is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, Ontario passed the Christmas Tree Day Act, 2015 proclaiming the first Saturday of December each year as Christmas Tree Day.
  • Finding your perfect tree is easy. Follow these tips.
  • If you are not sure which type of tree to pick, try our online tree quiz.
  • Ontario exported 22,000 Christmas trees in 2015 valued at $472,760.
  • Ontario Christmas trees are all-natural, environmentally-friendly and 100 per cent biodegradable.
  • Every acre of planted Christmas trees produces enough daily oxygen for 18 people. Christmas tree farms cover 14,715 acres of land across Ontario.
  • It takes eight to 10 years to grow an eight-foot Christmas tree, depending on the species.
  • Ontario’s forest industry is a major employer in the province and the fourth largest manufacturing sector, supporting more than 170,000 jobs and contributing more than $11 billion to the provincial economy.
  • Ontario’s Greenbelt protects 8,000 square kilometres (nearly two million acres) of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands and watersheds in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.

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Kathryn McGarry

“Christmas trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, provide jobs for people in our province and are a central part of many family homes during the Christmas season. This year, when you purchase a sustainably grown local Christmas tree, you’re not only creating wonderful memories – you’re also helping to support the environment and your local economy.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Jeff Leal

“I can’t think of a better way to begin the holiday season than celebrating Ontario’s second annual Christmas Tree Day. Ontario-grown Christmas tree sales contribute $11.3 million to our economy each year, supporting jobs and growth in Ontario’s agri-food sector and providing an environmentally-sustainable way for people across our province to celebrate. This holiday season, I encourage you to enjoy all of the great things Ontario has to offer, from our locally-grown Christmas trees to our tasty food and beverages. Good things grow in Ontario!”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Locally grown Christmas trees mean everything to our association. Not only are they produced and grown in communities across the province, but people get to know the farmers and families that work at our different farms. It also means we are supporting our local economy and Ontario’s entire Christmas tree industry, and that is very important to us.”

Shirley Brennan

Executive Director, the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario

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